Sunday, 1 November 2020

Programme for the Current Academic Term: Michaelmas 2016

Monday Oct 17th: Louise Gyler, Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis
'The Violence of the Real: Silence and Transformation in the Analysis of an Adolescent’; with response from Irene Freeden

Monday Oct 31st:  Elisa Galgut, University of Cape Town
'Acting on Phantasy, Acting on Desire'

Monday Nov 14th: Margaret Rustin, Tavistock, London
'Shame in Childhood: Being Ashamed of Oneself, Feeling Shamed, and the Burden of the Shame of Others'

Monday Nov 28th: Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London
'Psychoanalysis and Social Violence'

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Feedback from Seminar Attendees - Now Closed

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Friday, 1 November 2013

Past Events

Workshops & Seminars


  • Psychoanalysis: Its Place in Culture

    Saturday, 15 January, 2005
    • Michael Brearley, British Psychoanalytical Society: `What do psychoanalysts do?'
    • John Cottingham, Department of Philosophy, University of Reading: `A Triangle of Hostility? Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Religion'
    • Ritchie Robertson, St John's College: `Freud as a Romantic: his place in the history of ideas'

  • Institute of Psychoanalysis Introductory Lectures on DVD

    Academic year 2007-08
    • MT: The Oedipus Complex (Angela ? ) and Playing (Jenny Stoker); discussion led by Richard Rusbridger
    • HT: 'The Paranoid-Schizoid position' and 'the Depressive position' (Betty Joseph); discussion led by Denise Cullington.
    • 'Defences' (Catia Galariotou) and 'The Unconscious' (Susan Budd); discussion led by Eleanor Nowers
    • TT: 24th May: 'Psychoanalysis and Society' (David Bell) and 'Psychoanalysis and Literature' (Marie Bridge); Marie Bridge also led discussion.
    • 14th June: 'Dreams' (Sara Flanders) and 'Mourning and Melancholia' (Rosemary Davies). Both analysts present.

  • Psychoanalysis and the Work of Melanie Klein

    Saturday, 25 April, 2009
    (with the Melanie Klein Trust)
    Speakers (all Fellows of the British Psychoanalytical Society)

    • Priscilla Roth. 'Using Projective Identification'
    • Ronald Britton. 'Is the truth therapeutic?'
    • Betty Joseph. 'Uses of the past in the psychoanalytic process'


Academic Year 2004-2005

Conveners: Dr Louise Braddock, Dr Michael Lacewing, and Professor Paul Tod
  • Dr Susan Budd, British Psychoanalytical Society, 16 Feb, `Recent developments in the theory of dreams.'
  • Professor Michael Rustin, University of East London, 23 Feb, `How do psychoanalysts know what they know?'
  • Dr Edward Harcourt, University of Kent, 9 Mar, 'Psychological maturation and learning to be good.'
  • Dr J Fletcher, University of Warwick, 4 May, 'Seduction and the vicissitudes of translation: the recent work of Jean Laplanche.'
  • Professor D Tuckett, University College London, 12 May, 'Civilisation and its discontents: some reflections on the usefulness of Freud's thesis today.'
  • Clare Connors, Queens College, Oxford, 18 May, New Seminar Room, 'Force and figuration in Freud.'
  • Richard Rusbridger, British Psycho-Analytical Society, 1 Jun, 'The Oedipus Complex.'
  • Suzanne Dow, St John's College, Oxford, 9 June, 'A Kofmanian reading of Marie Cardinal's Les Mots pour le dire.'
  • Dr Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge, 15 June, 'Was Freud a scientist?'

Academic Year 2005-6

  • [no seminars this year]

Academic Year 2006-7

  • Dr Jessica Evans, Open University, 18 Oct, 'Vigilance and vigilantes: thinking psychoanalytically about anti-paedophile action.'
  • Dr Alejandra Perez, University College, London, 25 Oct, 'Controversies surrounding psychoanalytic research: a brief look at attachment theory.'
  • Dr Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, London, 1 Nov, 'Searle on the impossibility of unconscious mental states.'
  • Dr Dawn Phillips, 15 Nov, 'What can Wittgenstein and psychoanalysis teach us about the problems of philosophy?'
  • Dr Liz Allison, University College, London, 22 Nov, 'Mourning and melancholia in Freud and Hamlet.'
  • Dr Susan Davison, Maudsley Hospital, London and Dr Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge, 24 Jan, 'Transference and counter-transference in theory and clinical practice.'
  • Richard Rusbridger, British Psychoanalytical Society, 7 Feb, 'The internal world of Don Giovanni.'
  • Professor Michael Rustin, University of East London and Tavistock Clinic, 21 Feb, 'Revisiting the Kleinian theory of art.'
  • Dr Jim Hopkins, King's College, London, 7 Mar, 'Superego, projection and war.'
  • Dr Armand D'Angour, Jesus College, Oxford, 23 May, 'Two types of innovation.'
  • Dr Edward Harcourt, 30 May, 'What has love to do with rationality? An answer from psychoanalysis.'
  • Dr Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, University of London, 6 June, 'What reason can't do.'

Academic Year 2007-8

  • Dr Louise Braddock, Cambridge, 15 Oct, 'Identification and identity.'
  • Dr Lamprini Psychogiou, Department of Psychology, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, and David Simpson, Tavistock Clinic, London, 29 Oct, 'Parenting and child and maternal ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder): clinical research and psychoanalytic response.'
  • Dr Ken Gemes, Birkbeck, London, 12 Nov, 'Freud and Nietzsche on repression and sublimation.'
  • Dr Derek Matravers, Open University, 26 Nov, 'Richard Wollheim on psychoanalysis and aesthetics.'
  • Dr Richard Gipps, Philosopher and Psychologist, Jan, Identification: an existential understanding.
  • Dr Barry Richards, BARRY RICHARDS, Bournemouth University, Humiliation in Politics.
  • David Simpson, Tavistock Clinic. 'The Wrong Child'; Dr Edward Harcourt, Philosophy Faculty, Oxford: Commentary.
  • Jean Knox, Society of Analytical Psychology, 28 Apr, 'Who owns the unconscious?'
  • Richard Mizen, Society of Analytical Psychology, 5 May, 'Some incomplete reflections upon aggression & violence'.
  • Warren Colman, Society of Analytical Psychology, 'Dream Interpretation and the Creation of Symbolic Meaning'.
  • Sonu Shamdasani, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL, 9 Jun, 'Psychology as a Science of Subjectivity: Jung and the "personal equation"'.

Academic Year 2008-9

  • Dr Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge, 20 Oct, 'Is Psychoanalysis an academic discipline? Should it be one?'
  • Professor John Cottingham, University of Reading, 3 Nov, 'Happiness, Temporality, Meaning'
  • Dr Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, London, 17 Nov, 'The Psychology of Evil'
  • Denise Cullington, British Psychoanalytical Society, London, 1 Dec, 'The Psychoanalyst at Work'
  • Professor Naomi Segal, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies , School of Advanced Study, London, 26 Jan, 'To love and be loved: Sartre, Anzieu and the theories of the caress.'
  • Professor Jane Rendell, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 9 Feb, 'Site-Writing: Critical Spatial Practice.'
  • Dr Brian Garvey, University of Lancaster, 23 Feb, 'Evo-Devo: Freud and the prospect of an evolutionary developmental psychology.'
  • Dr David Armstrong, Principal Consultant, Tavistock Consultancy Service, 9 Mar, 'What is the proper object of psychoanalytic consultation?'

Academic Year 2009-10

  • Dr Olivier Tonneau, Homerton College, Cambridge, 19 Oct, 'Death at work: Original sin and Thanatos.'
  • Professor Tom Burns, Warneford Hospital, Oxford and Dr Jonathan Garabette, St George's, University of London, 2 Nov, 'The interaction of attachment and coercion in mental health: a proposed study.'
  • Dr Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, London, 16 Nov, 'Grunbaum's challenge to causal inference in psychoanalysis: 25 years on'.
  • Dr Jessica Kirker, British Psychoanalytical Society, 30 Nov, 'Holding Together: A psychoanalytic contribution to work with a borderline patient.'
  • Dr Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge, 25 Jan, 'What philosophers think and what psychoanalysts do.'
  • Irene Freeden, British Psychoanalytic Association, 8 Feb, 'From Hades to Oedipus: from psychotic to erotic transference and beyond.'
  • Dr Jim Hopkins, University College, London, 22 Feb, 'Darwin, Freud, Conflict and Aggression.'
  • Martin Golding, Peterhouse, Cambridge, 8 Mar, 'Silence as communication: psychoanalysis and the photograph'

Academic Year 2010-11 - Theme: History & Imagination

  • Monday 2nd week (18 Oct.), Lyndal Roper, Balliol College, "Luther and Psychology" The German Reformation hero Martin Luther has been the subject of many psychoanalytically influenced biographies, most famously those by Erik Erikson and Erich Fromm. These tell us a good deal about the strengths and problems of psycho-biography as it developed after the second world war. But they were not the first to analyze Luther's psychology. In the sixteenth century, Luther's enemies also provided biographical portraits of the reformer which were psychological studies. Johannes Cochlaeus devoted his life to refuting Luther, writing a biography and even a play. In this talk I want to consider why Luther's personality elicited such an interest.
  • Monday 4th week (1 Nov.), Elisa Galgut, University of Cape Town, "Narrative Style, Iconic Imagining, and Mentalization" The concept of "mentalization" has recently provided a fertile resource for thinking about various issues in psychoanalysis, including attachment, children's play, personality disorders, and the work of interpretation within the analytic setting. Mentalization also provides fruitful ways of thinking about how we read. This paper will suggest that book reading is akin to mind reading: engaging with certain literary texts is akin to understanding the minds of others from the subjective perspective required by mentalization. This way of thinking about literature provides a useful way of understanding its value. The paper will focus specifically on the uses of irony and free indirect speech in Jane Austen's novel "Persuasion". Austen's use of literary techniques provides a way of understanding the inner lives of her characters via the ironic voice of the implied author, and requires the reader to engage in the kinds of understanding and insight required for mentalization.
  • Monday 6th week (15 Nov.), Michael Feldman, British Psychoanalytical Society, "The Illumination of History" Formulations regarding the patient's history have not only played an important part in understanding the patient, but interpretations explicitly linking the present with the past have been seen as central to the therapeutic process. In this paper the author considers the role of historical reconstruction in bringing about psychic change. He emphasizes the therapeutic value that lies in the exploration of the way the patient's history is embodied in his internal object relationships, becoming manifested in the transference-countertransference relationship. The author presents clinical material which he suggests allowed the analyst to follow the way the patient's internal object relations, coloured by her history, became expressed and played out in the sessions. He suggests that, when these processes can be followed and addressed in the present, this may lead to a diminution in the underlying anxieties. This can thus promote psychic change by freeing the patient's capacity to achieve a sense of connection with her history, and to tolerate the meaning of what emerges, which can illuminate both the present and the past.
  • Monday 8th week (29 Nov.), John Forrester, History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge, "Psychoanalysis and Cambridge Scientists in the 1920'" Scientific Cambridge proved to be a surprisingly receptive environment for the reception of Freudian ideas in the 1920s. Botany students received an education in psychoanalysis from Arthur Tansley, founder of ecology, from the 1910s onwards. J.D. Bernal, later the grandfather of DNA, was a fervent believer in the revolutionary implications of Freud's ideas as was the scientific wing of Bloomsbury - Ramsey, Penrose, Keynes. The lecture will explore the sources and implications of this eager receptivity.
  • Monday 2nd week (24 Jan.), Daniel Pick, Birkbeck College, London, "The Allied struggle, Freudian thought, and the invention of the authoritarian personality."
  • Monday 4th week (7th Feb.), Sally Alexander, Goldsmith's College, London, "Some uses to which historians have put psychoanalysis."
  • Monday 6th week (21st Feb.), Gary Browning, Oxford Brookes University, "Collingwood, the historical imagination, and the notion of influence."
  • Monday 8th week (7th Mar.), Mary Target, University College, London, "Some thoughts on lying and pretending."

Academic Year 2011-12 - Theme: Literature & Anthropology

  • 17 October 2011, Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge: "Imagining and identifying: Leonardo and Narcissus"
  • 31 October, David Bell, British Psychoanalytical Society, "Hamlet: Shakespeare's meditation on the problem of being"
  • 14 November, Olivier Tonneau, Homerton College, Cambridge. "The letter and the spirit: ethics as Kulturarbeit"
  • 28 November, Holly High, Sydney and Cambridge Universities, "Desire and the Ethnography of Southeast Asia"
  • Monday Jan 23rd 2012 Maja Zvigi Cohen, Counselling Service, Royal College of Art 'When seasons in the internal landscape don't change: an exploration of the film 'Climates' in light of the theory of projective identification'
  • Monday Feb 6th 2012 Richard Rusbridger, British Psychoanalytical Society 'Projective identification in Othello and Verdi's Otello'
  • Monday Feb 20th 2012 Peter Fifield, St John's College, Oxford 'Beckett and Bion'
  • Monday Mar 12th (NB: week 9) Ian Donaldson, Melbourne University '"Noli me tangere": Touching and its taboos'. Response: British Psychoanalytic Association member (Oxford)

Academic Year 2012-13

Michaelmas Term 2013: Psychoanalysis and Gender
  • Louise Braddock (Cambridge). Monday 15 Oct, 2012: 'Feminism and Psychoanalysis'
  • Louise Gyler (Australian Psychoanalytical Society). Monday 29 Oct, 2012: 'The Gendered Unconscious: Challenges for Psychoanalytic Theorising'
  • Julie Walsh (Warwick). Monday 12 Nov, 2012: 'The Narcissist and the Coquette'
  • Adam Leite (Indiana University). Monday 3 Dec, 2012 (NB Week 9): 'Desire and Refusal'
Hilary Term 2013: Psychoanalysis and the Social/Political

Conveners: Louise Braddock, Richard Gipps, Paul Tod
  • Michael Rustin, UEL, and David Armstrong, Tavistock Consultancy Service. Monday 21 Jan, 2013: 'Unconscious Defences against Anxiety Revisited'
  • Derek Hook, Birkbeck College. Monday 4 Feb, 2013: 'Apartheid's corps morcelé: the fantasmatic body underlying racist discourse'
  • Matt ffytche, Essex. Monday 18 Feb, 2013: 'The Eclipse of the Father: The Frankfurt School on the Superego in the Age of Totalitarianism'
  • Richard Gipps, Clinical Psychologist, Oxford. Monday 4 Mar, 2013: 'The Temptations of Narcissism: A Wittgensteinian Investigation'

Academic Year 2013-14

Michaelmas Term 2013: The work of Wilfrid Bion
  • Monday 21 Oct: Chris Mawson British Psychoanalytical Society 'Introducing Bion' 
  • Monday 4 Nov: William Halton Organisational Consultant 'Bion and groups: the field of organization studies'
  • Monday 18 Nov: Denis Flynn British Psychoanalytical Society 'Bion in clinical work: on the "correlation" and disruption of knowing' 
  • Monday 2 Dec: Louise Braddock Girton College, Cambridge 'Bion and Philosophy'
Hilary Term 2014: Psychoanalysis and Psychology
  • Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, University of London: 27 Jan: ‘Psychodynamic psychotherapy, insight and therapeutic action’
  • Janet Sayers, University of Kent: 10th Feb: ‘Adrian Stokes and the portrait of Melanie Klein’
  • Richard Gipps, University of Oxford, Counseling Service:  24 Feb‘CBT: a philosophical critique

Academic Year 2014-15

Michaelmas Term 2014
  • Monday 29th September - Speaker: Dr Louise Gyler, Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis: Representing the Maternal Function: does it have subversive possibilities? Respondent: Professor Janet Sayers, Professor Emerita, University of Kent.
  • Monday 20th October - Speaker: Elisa Galgut, Capetown: The Marriage of Two Minds: Empathy, Mentalization and the Sonnet.
  • Monday 3rd November - Speaker: Barbara Gold Taylor, Queen Mary, University of London: The Last Asylum
  • Monday 17th November - Speaker: Simon May, King's College London: What is Love?
Hilary Term 2015
  • Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College. 26 Jan: ‘Gratitude for life: A psychodynamic guide for non-believers’
  • Astrid Gessert,  Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. 9 Feb: ‘Hysteria and obsession: a Lacanian perspective’
  • Lucia Corti, Middlesex University; Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. 23 Feb: ‘The Lacanian subject and the field of the Other’
  • Joel Backström, Researcher in Philosophy, University of Helsinki. 2 Mar: ‘Love, fear and the mind’s moral dynamics: on how (not) to understand the ‘drives’ and ‘ambivalence’’
  • Lesley Caldwell, British Psychoanalytical Association; University College London. 9 Mar: ‘Donald Winnicott, Melanie Klein and the shape of post-war British psychoanalysis’
Trinity Term 2015
  • Alessandra Lemma, UCL; Tavistock & Portman
                  18th May 2015: 'The fate of the body in virtual space'
In this paper the author gives an overview of some of the challenges facing psychoanalytic clinicians working in times of techno-culture. More specifically she argues that in our clinical work we can observe how technological advances and the dominant values of contemporary culture make it possible and acceptable to alter and extend the body and its functions in actuality and in virtual space. This can contribute to a split between the body and the self, leading to a very particular twenty-first century version of embodied subjectivity that encourages a neglect of the body’s unconscious meaning for the individual. Problems arise, from a psychological point of view, when we are no longer thinking in terms of the virtual as augmentation to the so-called real but more along the lines of the virtual as alternative to the real. However the author also discusses a clinical case to illustrate how the use of cyberspace can also be used to support psychic ‘development’ as much as it can be used to foreclose experience. This has technical implications in terms of how the analyst interprets the patient’s use of new technologies to meet the prerogatives of the internal world and of development.
Michaelmas Term 2015
  • Oct 19, Mark Stein, University of Leicester: Leader's revenge and the loss of autonomy
  • Nov 2, Marianna Fotaki, University of Warwick: Against compulsive consumerism and toxic attachments: a proposal for an ethics of relationality and compassionate care
  • Nov 16, Janet Sayers, University of Kent: Chaos Contained: Klein, Stokes, and Bion
  • Dec 7, Denise Cullington, British Psychoanalytical Society: The freedom to know your own mind: the bad and the mad, and the sad, as well as the good and the sane
Hilary Term 2016
  • 25th January - Richard Gipps - Does Cognitive Therapy Rest on a Mistake?
  • 8th February - Matt ffytche - Psychoanalytic Sociology and the Traumas of History: Alexander Mitscherlich Between the Disciplines.
  • 22nd February - Maarten Steenhagen – Why do we Paint?
  • 7th March - Lene Auestad - Violence and the Social Unconscious: Overcoming or not Overcoming the Individual /Social Distinction.